The little known region of Kumaon is one of two divisions in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand. Bordered by Tibet to the north and Nepal to the east, this is a land of magnificent snow-capped peaks, verdant forest and alpine meadows.
Kumaon is dominated by the mighty Himalayas, offering superb mountain views wherever you look. Beneath the permanent snowline, terraced fields and small settlements pepper the foothills, where herders bring their sheep and goats to graze during the summer. Glaciers and snowmelt feed into river and streams giving life to carpets of flowers, animals and butterflies.
This part of India remains largely untouched and offers a rare glimpse into life in the mountains. One of the best ways to appreciate the spectacular scenery is to hike through the forests and hills, visiting remote villages and staying in traditional houses where you’ll wake up to one of the most beautiful views in the world.
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit is between October and mid April. From mid December to the end January, nights can be cold but daytime temperatures are perfect for hiking
What to do
- Village walks